PALCUS National Scholarship Recipients

In 2012, PALCUS launched a national scholarship program to assist Portuguese-American college students reach their educational goals. Each year the fund has grown allowing PALCUS to award an increasing number of awards to students across the nation preparing for careers in a wide range of professional fields. 

2020 Scholarship Award Winners

Graduate Division:

Sergio Valente, Stanford Law School

Stephanie Almeida Nevin, PhD in Political Science, Yale University

Undergraduate Division:

Hugh Bradley, Political Science and International Affairs with a minor in Portuguese, University of Georgia. Recipient of the Alexandre António DaCosta Simões Memorial Scholarship

Michael Reckers, Economics and Pre-Med, Santa Clara University

Andrea Cerdeira, English and History, University of Saint Joseph

2019 Scholarship Award Winners

Graduate Division:

Celina Caetano, Health School of Medicine, University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Jessica Pereira, Master of Education: Learning Design and Technology, University of Southern California

Undergraduate Division:

Richard Tibbetts, Jr., Policy Studies and Public Relations dual major, communications and rhetorical studies minor, Syracuse University. Recipient of the Alexandre António DaCosta Simões Memorial Scholarship

Isabel Rosa, Mathematics/Bachelor's, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Kailen Azevedo, Liberal Studies/Music, California State University Monterey Bay

2018 Scholarship Award Winners

Graduate Division:

Tiffany Alves, New York School of Law, JD Program

Kataryna Verissimo, University of San Francisco, MA Program in International Studies

Undergraduate Division:

Juliet Antonio, Rhode Island College, Theatre / Political Science

Halle Sousa, University of California - San Diego, International Studies / Economics

Michael Rodrigues, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Mechanical Engineering  Sponsored by the Luso-American Fraternal Association of New Jersey

2017 Scholarship Award Winners

Graduate Division

Catarina Marques, Vanderbilt University, Master in Education Program: Higher Education Administration

Robin Curry, Seattle University, Master of Arts in Teaching

Undergraduate Division

Gabriel Thelonious Marques Borg, University of Texas at Austin, Biology

Celina Caetano, University of Connecticut, Molecular and Cellular Biology

Gina Raquel Silva, Colorado State University, Biomedical Sciences / Pre-Veterinary 

2016 Scholarship Award Winners

Graduate Division:

Gary John Resendes, University of California-Berkeley, MSW Program in Community Mental Health

Jacqueline Andrea Ochoa Rodrigues, California State University, Long Beach, MA Program in Education

Undergraduate Division:

Celina Caetano, University of Connecticut, Molecular and Cellular Biology

Alyssa Pinho, University of St. Joseph, Nutrition and Dietetics

Patrick Norris, South Oregon University, Theatre Arts

2015 Scholarship Award Winners

Graduate Division:

Gary John ResendesUniversity of California-Berkeley, Direct Practice in Community Mental Health Services

Veronica Maria Sousa, The New School for Social Research, Anthropology/Certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies

Undergraduate Division:

Zachary Brazão, Harvard College, Social Studies/Romance Languages and Literature

Tyler Lucas,  Seton Hall University, Physics/Engineering (Accelerated) Sponsored by Luso-American Fraternal Association of New Jersey

Alyssa Pinho, University of Saint Joseph​, Nutrition and Dietetics/ Biology

Daniel Weldon, University of Florida, Sponsored by PAHR Foundation 

2014 Scholarship Award Winners

Graduate Division

Horacio Martins Oliveira, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University International Affairs

Undergraduate Division

Kayla Silva Setters, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Communication

Matthew D. Setters, Quinnipiac University, Marketing and Finance

2013 Scholarship Award Winners

Graduate Division

Julianna Sumida, University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa

Sidney Fultz, California Polytechnic State University- San Luis Obispo, Animal Science

Undergraduate Division

2012 Inaugural Scholarship Award Winner

Dennis De AlmeidaSeton Hall University School of Law, Seton Hall University